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A gripping biography by the author of Brave New WorldIn 1634 Urbain Grandier a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried tortured and burnt at the stake He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns Grandier maintained his innocence to the end but four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval worldA gripping biography by the author of Brave New WorldIn 1634 Urbain Grandier a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried tortured and burnt at the stake He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns Grandier maintained his innocence to the end but four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval worldA gripping biography by the author of Brave New WorldIn 1634 Urbain Grandier a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried tortured and burnt at the stake He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns Grandier maintained his innocence to the end but four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world


8 thoughts on “The Devils of Loudun

  1. says:

    I was glad to find that there was a kindle edition of this available as I could not find my battered old paperback copy anywhere For most people they probably first come across this after watching Ken Russell’s nunsploitation film ‘The Devils’ which was based on John Whiting’s play of the same name and this book by Aldous HuxleyThis is uite a complex book to read because to understand what happened and the full conseuences of the Loudun Possessions we need to know about other things of the period So here we have pieces about the politics of the time both religious as well as secular which in themselves make for interesting reading and with this we can see how different factions gained footholds in certain areas This along with the average thoughts and concerns of the people at the times does help to put what happens further on into contextAlthough only a small town as such Loudun was somewhere that had both Catholics and Protestants and thus there was always some sort of tension going on Enter onto the scene then Catholic priest Urbain Grandier handsome definitely a lady’s man clever and not being from the area mistrusted by a number of people Foregoing his vow of chastity this was a man who liked to put it about which didn’t go down with fathers and husbandsAlready facing a number of problems this is only exacerbated when reports of him appearing magically at the local convent and cavorting with the nuns take hold Initially these began with the prioress the hunchbacked Sister Jeanne Ultimately the nuns themselves became a sort of tourist attraction and there were torturing and burnings at the stake before the matter was resolvedHuxley along with some others who have studied the case have come to the conclusion of mass hysteria but others have come to different conclusions over the years so although a very interesting read we do not really know what actually happened so Huxley could be right or wrong Personally I think he may be right to a certain degree but other considerations should have been taken into account Anyway whatever the true circumstances this is something that still can be seen as a warning of what can happen when manipulation and personal feelings and emotions can get involved in things that reuire a cool mind and judgement


  2. says:

    Holy hell I struggled to get through itIt was an interesting topic I just want to throw that out there very interesting but ugh Huxley just made it drag on and on and on It was deep some the texts were either in Latin or French and it had no translation I ended up skim reading it towards the end so I could finish it The only chapter that had me engrossed was Urbain Grandier's execution it was brutal and to think someone went through that all because of false claims of possession So yeah that chapter was intense shame I didn't feel that way about the rest of itMy imagination tended to wonder when I saw screeds and screeds of text before me it just wasn't an easy read too much blugh and not enough OoooooO


  3. says:

    Bought this book years ago in paperback after watching the film in 1971 but gave that away and then this one came along 40 years later A surprising good read and if you're interested in little history and the witch hunts which took place in Europe in those times and the religious strives than it could well take hold of you The book is very well written by Aldous Huxley and the story and backgrounds of it very well explained through the story I know the Folio society prides itself on uality and this edition is just great and feels like a real book well bound and printed with some temporarily drawings a bit dark and sad for me but maybe that's what the illustrator wanted to do to show the despair pain and isolation of Urbain Grandier and I think he succeeded uite well If you like good books not only to read but to hold and touch too this edition might do for you


  4. says:

    I've just finished this fantastic book Actually it is part of the research I assign myself for my writing In this case it is a pleasurable taskThe Devils of Loudon is not only a masterful account of the mass hysteria that surrounded the so called possession of the nuns of Loudon it is a book that goes much further than thatOne understands better the grasp of any sort of totalitarian regime and how those sorts of ideologies gain followersThis book is one of the greatest books I have ever read and I intend to re read it many timesIt has a message that should be scrupulously studied if we ever wish to better understand the world in which we liveI cannot recommend it highly enough


  5. says:

    For me it is one of the best books in my libraryI have found this book very inspirational andvery thought provoking At times very brutalit will illuminate the darkest parts of humanityNo wonder many film directors have usedthis material in their films one way or another


  6. says:

    Recently have taken to Aldous Huxley as i enjoyed Brave new world and have now read Island and doors to perception The Devils of Londoun is not as engaging ad the previously mentoned books but still a good read


  7. says:

    It's a challenging read but I wanted to read it because it was the basis of Ken Russell's film The Devils It's a true story Grandier was a free thinker ahead of his time The world needs enlightened people like him


  8. says:

    Extremely well researched Regarded as the classic about this affair for half a century